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Fighting for Justice: Ke Hammarskjld at the Permanent Court of International Justice

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Hammarskjöld has been a household name for generations, immediately recognised and admired throughout a world sharing living memories of Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961). Åke Hammarskjöld was born on 10 April 1893.3 Having graduated with university degrees in both philosophy (1914) and law (1917), he entered first the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and then, in 1920, the Secretariat of the League of Nations. Åke Hammarskjöld became intimately involved in the preparations for the Permanent Court of International Justice, to the active life of which he devoted the remaining part of his own professional life right up to his tragic death on 7 July 1937. As both international civil servant and world court registrar and judge, Åke Hammarskjöld outshone his contemporaries. In retrospect, he stands as one of the founding fathers of the Permanent Court as a ground-breaking institution.

Keywords: Åke Hammarskjöld; foreign affairs; international civil servant; International Justice; Permanent Court; Swedish Ministry; world court registrar



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